A case was registered at the Urban Estate police station on Wednesday in connection with the alleged recruitment fraud running into crores of rupees. More than 200 youths had been duped by a dismissed constable of Punjab Police and his wife in the name of providing clerical jobs at Punjabi University.
As per the initial estimates made by the police, the money involved in the fraud could touch Rs 20 crore.
The FIR was registered after 11 duped youths complained to the police against Amarjeet Singh Kang and his wife Narainder Kaur Kang, (who reportedly held the post of district Mahila Congress chief), accusing the couple of taking lakhs of rupees from them in the name of providing jobs. The youths were also issued fake appointment and joining letters by the accused couple.
As per the police, the accused couple is absconding.
Interestingly, Amarjeet Kang was dismissed from the Punjab Police a few months back on fraud charges.
The matter came into light when some youths in possession of the fake appointment and joining letters approached the varsity authorities and were told that the papers were fake.
Ironically, as per the statements of the complainants, the process of 'recruitment' was held in the Arts Auditorium of the Punjabi University.
As per the FIR, the accused couple had opened an academy, Akal Academy, in Urban Estate, Phase 1, two years back, where youths were given coaching to get selected against the clerical posts in the university. As per information, as many as 200 youths were duped worth crores of rupees by the couple.
"Each 'student' was charged up to Rs 4 lakh for the clerk's job. The students were then issued appointment letters on forged letter pads of vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh, registrar and controller. It was also mentioned in the appointment letters that the candidate will have to undergo six-month training in the Akal Academy before joining the university," said Sukhbir Singh, one of the complainants.
As per the complainants, the interviews were held in the Arts Auditorium and other grounds of the university.
Another complainant, Jaspreet Singh said they became suspicious after the accused didn't respond to their repeated calls.
"The role of university staff will also be looked into. Fraud of this magnitude can't be committed without the invovlement of some varsity high-ups," Patiala DIG LK Yadav.
He said the accounts of the accused had been frozen.
When contacted, Punjabi University registrar AS Chawla refuted the allegation that the varsity premises were used for 'fake interviews'. He said the varsity had already filed a police complaint to look into the matter.